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Fans will undoubtedly buy tickets, but let's hope it isn't a massive let-down

Harry Potter headed for West End in new play produced by JK Rowling

The stage show will centre on Harry's formative years before Hogwarts

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Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

Beauty and the Geek, E4 - TV review: revenge of the nerds as Potter-lovers show the Costa crowd how to party

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

'I went to Harry Potter World alone, and all I got was this lousy broomstick'

22-year-old adult James Ashford recently visited Harry Potter World on his own. This is his sorry tale

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Outperforming Adele in the Top 10 best-seller list are HDMI-to-HDMI gold-plated connectors

After 15 years, online retail giant Amazon reveals device-like grip on shoppers and its best-selling products in history

Its swift-delivery service has shipped millions of Harry Potter novels and Adele CDs since its launch 15 years ago. But it is actually the 8GB memory card and HDMI connector cables which have made Amazon a $120bn business, the online retailer has revealed.

George Osborne and Boris Johnson at Peking University. It is hoped their joint visit to China might stimulate interest in UK business

Pippa Crerar's China Sketch: In the charm offensive, George Osborne beat Boris Johnson on points

It was wands at dawn at Peking University in Beijing on Monday morning as George Osborne and Boris Johnson staged the world premiere of their future leadership battle.

Products in the Harry Potter franchise have been big sellers on Amazon

Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight and Call of Duty make Amazon's all-time bestsellers list

As do an 8GB memory card and HDMI connector cables

'Come to England and date Harry Potter': Boris Johnson pitches London to Chinese students

"No limit" to the number of Chinese allowed to study in the UK, George Osborne announces in same speech

The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship, by Stephen Potter

Most people understand the concept of gamesmanship, but how many these days know who coined the word, let alone have read the book that popularised it?

JK Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages

JK Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages earmarked as next Harry Potter spin-off film

After news that a spin-off Harry Potter film is in the pipeline, Warner Bros has hinted that another film based on Quidditch could be in development.

Daniel Radcliffe at the 'Kill Your Darling's premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival

Daniel Radcliffe quashes Freddie Mercury biopic rumours

The actor said there is 'no truth' to rumours he will play the Queen singer

Ryan Guzman (pictured) is signed to Step Up 5

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe stripped off for roles in stage play Equus and films Horns, The F Word and Kill Your Darlings

After getting naked for three films, Daniel Radcliffe says 'No thanks' to more nudity

The Harry Potter actor is worried people will think he's an exhibitionist after stripping off for Horns, The F Word and Kill Your Darlings

JK Rowling is milking the Harry Potter franchise with a spin-off film, but why shouldn’t she?

As someone who has grown up reading the books, I'm keen to see anything that keeps the world of Harry Potter alive

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